Stu­dents put ques­tions to the PM

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

THREE Waroona stu­dents got the chance to ask ques­tions of Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull dur­ing his visit to WA in late July.

Dur­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s visit a youth fo­rum was held in Rock­ing­ham and stu­dents from the Peel re­gion were able to ask him about is­sues im­por­tant to them.

Waroona District High School Year 10 stu­dents Ethan Jenk­in­son and Arkay­dia Rose Perkin and Year 7 stu­dent Evie Hornby at­tended on be­half of their school af­ter writ­ing a para­graph on why they wanted to at­tend and what they would ask the Prime Min­is­ter. Af­ter Mr Turn­bull spoke for a short while, eight of the stu­dents were in­vited to ask him a ques­tion, of which two were from Waroona.

Evie and Arkay­dia asked Mr Turn­bull about le­gal­is­ing gay mar­riage and ban­ning plas­tic bags in WA.

School stu­dent ser­vices man­ager Robyn Gar­wood said to have two stu­dents from the school cho­sen was a big boost to the stu­dents’ self-con­fi­dence.

“It was a great op­por­tu­nity to feel im­por­tant,” she said.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity for in­spir­ing them and to re­alise their value.” Dur­ing the pho­to­graph ses­sion with Mr Turn­bull, Ethan asked the Prime Min­is­ter about his views on frack­ing in the South West, which Ms Gar­wood said gave the stu­dents a lot to talk about on the way home.

“It gen­er­ated a lot con­ver­sa­tion for the three of them,” he said.

Ms Gar­wood said the stu­dents then gave a re­port to the school to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with other stu­dents.

“It’s not just an iso­lated in­ci­dent they get to share the ex­pe­ri­ence too,” he said.

Waroona District High School Year 10 stu­dent Ethan Jenk­in­son, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, Evie Hornby, Year 7, Arkay­dia Rose Perkin, Year 10, and Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie pause for a pho­to­graph af­ter the youth fo­rum.

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